Players with 5000 Runs in the IPL
The Indian Premier League (IPL), one of the biggest T20 leagues in the world, started back in 2008. Only 3 batsmen have crossed the 5000-run mark in the IPL so far. Here’s a list of players with more than 5000 runs in the IPL.
- 5716 Runs – Virat Kohli (RCB)
- 5368 Runs – Suresh Raina (CSK)
- 5114 Runs – Rohit Sharma (MI)
Please note that the data provided is as of 15th October 2020, after the match between RCB and KXIP in the IPL 2020. The list contains three Indian players, two of whom are currently captaining their respective sides. Raina and Kohli reached the 5000-run mark in 2019 while Rohit reached in ongoing IPL 2020.
Let’s begin with the current Indian captain and a legendary batsman, Virat Kohli.
5716 Runs – Virat Kohli (RCB)
Virat Kohli is the leading scorer in the IPL with 5716 runs so far scored for a single franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Throughout his career that began with the inaugural IPL season in 2008, he has scored these runs in 177 innings (185 matches) with an average of 38.62 and a strike rate of above 130. Kohli has scored 5 centuries – second-most in the IPLs – and 38 half-centuries – joint third-most in the history of the IPL.
Kolhi is the second player behind Suresh Raina to reach the 5000-run mark. He reached the milestone on 28 March 2019 at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore in a day-night encounter against Mumbai Indians. Kohli was 46 runs short of 5000 runs before that match and he managed to score exactly 46 to get to 5000 runs.
The IPL 2016 was hands down the best season for Virat Kohli when he scored 973 runs – highest in an IPL season ever – with an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03. He scored 4 centuries in that season which is also the most in an IPL season by a single batsman. In his IPL career, Virat Kohli has received 13 Man of the Match awards. He is one of the best players of all time in any format he chooses to play in.
5368 Runs – Suresh Raina (CSK)
Suresh Raina was the first player to reach the 5000-run mark in the IPL. 5 days later, Virat Kohli also got there. Suresh Raina has scored a total of 5368 runs in 189 innings (193 matches) in 12 seasons of the IPL, from the first one in 2008 to the last one in 2019. He is out of IPL 2020 for personal reasons. He scored all these runs for two franchises, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujrat Lions (GL). Suresh Raina represented GL when CSK was banned for two years in 2016 and 2017. He averages 33.34 in the IPL and has scored at a strike rate of 137.14 with 1 century and 38 half-centuries, joint third-highest in the IPL.
Suresh Raina reached the 5000-run mark in the first match of the IPL 2019. He ended the 2018 IPL being just 15 runs short of 5000 runs. He got there in CSK’s opening encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore on 23 March 2019. Chasing a paltry score of 71, Raina scored 19 in 21 balls and became the first in IPLs to reach 5000 runs.
Raina has been consistent across all seasons of the IPL he has taken part in. 2010 (520 Runs), 2013 (548 Runs) and 2014 (523 Runs) were his best seasons in the IPL. He has been the backbone of CSK’s batting for all these years and thus, CSK is missing him big time in the IPL 2020. Raina has received 14 Man of the Match awards in his career.
5114 Runs – Rohit Sharma (MI)
Mumbai Indians’ skipper and one of the most elegant batsmen in the IPL, Rohit Sharma, was the third batsman in the IPL to reach the 5000-run mark. He has scored 5114 runs so far in IPLs in his 190 innings (195 matches) with an average of 31.56 and a strike rate of 131.09. Rohit Sharma, just as Raina, has 1 century and 38 half-centuries in the IPL. He has scored these runs playing mostly for Mumbai Indians. For three seasons, from 2008 to 2010, he was representing the now-defunct franchise, Deccan Chargers.
Rohit Sharma reached the 5000-run mark on 1 October 2020 in a match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Rohit Sharma scored 90 runs out of the 191 scored by Mumbai Indians (MI). MI won the match by 48 runs.
Rohit Sharma has been consistent across the years spent in the IPL with 2013 being his best season with 538 runs at an average of 38.42 and a strike rate of 131.54. In his IPL career, he has won 18 Man of the Match awards so far.
5000 IPL Runs – Who’s Next?
Apart from the players mentioned above, some players are ready to enter this list. The closest one is Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper David Warner. He is just 10 runs away from scoring 5000 runs in the IPL. He has scored 4990 runs in the IPL so far in 134 innings with an average of 42.64 and a strike rate of 141.04. He might reach the milestone the next time he bats. When he gets to the milestone, he will be the fastest to get there in terms of innings played.
Another one approaching the milestone is Shikhar Dhawan. He is just 163 runs away from scoring 5000 runs in the IPL. He has scored 4837 runs so far in 166 innings with an average of 33.59 and a strike rate of 125.24. With the form he is in, he will surely get there in the IPL 2020.
The next few batsmen in line are AB de Villiers, currently at 4625 runs, MS Dhoni who has 4565 runs to his name and Universe Boss Chris Gayle with 4537 IPL runs so far. They may or may not get there in this season but the IPL 2021 will definitely see these players having reached the 5000-run milestone.
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